Australia’s Perisher Ski Resort is the largest ski area in the Southern Hemisphere and Australia’s most popular. Perisher Ski Resort is a six hour drive from Sydney or seven hour drive from Melbourne and is located in Mt Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales which is part of the Snowy Mountains. The resort was formed when multiple resorts joined together to form the larger resort which now includes seven peaks including Mt. Perisher, Mt. Back Perisher, Mt. Piper, Mt. Blue Cow, Rocky Knob, Guthega Peak, and Mt. Blue Calf. The combination of all of these resorts has given Perisher resort 132 trails covering 3,076 acres (1245 hectares) of skiable terrain along with over 45 lifts.
With a large amount of terrain, Perisher Ski Resort is able to provide skiers/snowboarders with a wide variety of terrain to suit every level. Beginners have dedicated learning areas off of the Village 8 Express lift, Pretty Valley Double Chair and the Pleasant Valley Quad Chair. Intermediate and advanced trails make up most of the runs at Perisher at 78%. Perisher also has 5 terrain parks with 1 Superpipe and 1 Mini Halfpipe. Perisher Ski Resort has excellent natural snow coverage and complements it with an excellent snow making system.
Perisher Ski Resort is comprised of four villages and offers plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars throughout the villages along with shops including mini-supermarkets. For something different you may want to try snow tubing or night skiing. Perisher Ski Resort is also served by a rack-rail train called Skitube. Skitube is Australia’s longest tunnel at 6.3km long and 550m below the surface. With a vast amount of varied terrain, you will rarely find crowds and lines at the lifts.
Perisher Ski Resort Notes/Tips:
- Motorists are required to have chains if not in a four wheel drive vehicle.
- There is an entry fee into the national park.
- Perisher Ski Resort prides itself on its green and eco-friendly status using local hydro power.
- August is usually the best month. If the season is good, September/early October can offer great spring skiing, but after midday, the snow can get sloshy.
- Get an early start and go to Perisher Ski Resort to enjoy virgin groomed slopes.
Perisher Ski Resort Notable Trails:
- Shifty’s Run and Wylie’s Run - long intermediate trails.